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Sean G.

Sean G.

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Most Favorable Review

Solid performer

Intel Core i7-950 - Core i7 Bloomfield Quad-Core 3.06 GHz LGA 1366 130W Processor - BX80601950
Intel Core i7-950 - Core i7 Bloomfield Quad-Core 3.06 GHz LGA 1366 130W Processor - BX80601950

Pros: Coupled with a ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835118046), this cpu runs at sub 40 degree temps under load, unclocked. The pin package puts the fragile components on the motherboard, which has pros and cons.

Cons: None, this cpu worked as expected.

10/22/2010
Most Critical Review

Good card, bad cooling.

SPARKLE GeForce 9800 GTX+ 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card SX98GP1024D3-NM
SPARKLE GeForce 9800 GTX+ 1GB GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card SX98GP1024D3-NM

Pros: Cheap, lots of ram, fast card

Cons: Insufficient cooling.

Overall Review: I had to get a vga cooler for this baby, the stock cooler had some kind of badly applied paste on a badly designed cooler that wasn't getting hot even when the card was >70 degrees celsius. I was having TDR issues, and other issues until I got a masscool vga cooler and a slot fan to evacuate the heat - all stuck together with some arctic silver ceramique. Now it went from 50c idle to 32c idle, and ~80c full bore, to ~52c full bore. It'd be a 5 star card if the cooling worked.

10/29/2009

Best of breed

MSI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC
MSI GeForce GTX 460 (Fermi) 1GB GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 SLI Support Video Card N460GTX CYCLONE 1GD5/OC

Pros: There are a lot of fermi cards available, but this is the one with the best and most effective cooling system. For the price, nothing beats this right now.

Cons: Nothing about this card I dislike.

Overall Review: The cards with the flat covered plates have always been a problem for me in one way or another. I always end up with dust building up inside the channels.

Everything I wanted in a motherboard

GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
GIGABYTE GA-X58A-UD3R LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Pros: good onboard chip cooling, copious SATA ports, rich oc options, external cmos reset button

Cons: board I got was slightly warped, but that hasn't been a problem.

10/22/2010

Best cooler I've used

ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler
ZALMAN CNPS9900ALED 120mm 2 Ball Low-noise Blue LED CPU Cooler

Pros: Solid copper, mirrored polished heat transfer surface, quiet operation, good mounting hardware, good heat transfer mechanism

Cons: case you put it in must have rear exhaust, not cheap, interferes with downdraft scoops on some cases.

Overall Review: This is working so well that my cpu doesn't get over 40 at room temp while under load.

10/22/2010

An unexpected success

MASSCOOL VF1 Dual Heat Pipes VGA Cooler
MASSCOOL VF1 Dual Heat Pipes VGA Cooler

Pros: Excellent cooling properties. Direct air. Easy to replace or modify fan.

Cons: 2-bolt cooler connector is not great - it doesn't hold the cooler firmly, and it flexes even after fastening. No ram coolers in the kit.

Overall Review: I paired this up with a Thermaltake slot fan (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835106083) which is next to this unit carrying away waste heat. By creating positive pressure in the case with intake fans, this becomes my heat evac point, out the back of the case. Very convenient.

10/29/2009